Fort Lauderdale anti-mask parent, 50, has been arrested for pushing student over mask mandates

Dan Bauman, 50, (pictured) was charged with aggravated child abuse for pushing a student outside Fort Lauderdale High shortly after protesting the school's mask mandate with his 15-year-old daughter, Isobel.

Dan Bauman, 50, (pictured) was charged with aggravated child abuse for pushing a student outside Fort Lauderdale High shortly after protesting the school’s mask mandate with his 15-year-old daughter, Isobel.

The father of a Fort Lauderdale teen was arrested Wednesday, accused of assaulting a student outside his daughter’s high school during an argument over mask mandates.

Dan Bauman, 50, was charged with aggravated child abuse for pushing a student outside Fort Lauderdale High shortly after protesting the school’s mask mandate with his 15-year-old daughter, Isobel.

Bauman and his daughter arrived at the school grounds on Wednesday morning, accompanied by a small group of placards protesting the district’s mask mandate.

Isobel, who is in the 10th grade in her first year at the school, refuses to wear a mask and is denied entry every day by faculty members.

The sophomore told reporters she “wants to go to school like everyone else, but I can’t wear a mask.”

“I can’t breathe in it and I want to have that choice,” she said.

As Isobel continued to talk to reporters, a group of students on the school’s campus began chanting to Isobel and her father, “Wear a mask, wear a mask.”

According to police reports, Bauman pushed the student by the shoulder, then “grabbed her hand and twisted her arm in an aggressive manner.”

On Wednesday, a student approached Bauman and said: "I have enough for four days" and tried to reach for his cellphone while recording when the incident happened

On Wednesday, a student approached Bauman and said: "I have enough for four days" and tried to reach for his cellphone while recording when the incident happened

On Wednesday, a college student approached Bauman and said “I have enough for four days” and tried to reach for his cell phone as he was recording when the incident took place.

Police arrived and arrested Bauman immediately after the incident

Police arrived and arrested Bauman immediately after the incident

Police arrived and arrested Bauman immediately after the incident

Dan Bauman insisted: CBS Miami reporters: “First of all, it’s illegal for them to force it. It’s against the law, it’s against the Parents Bill of Rights. Our belief is that it will not stop the spread of the virus. It doesn’t control it, it does more harm than good.’

But Raymond Adderly, Fort Lauderdale class president, told reporters, “They say they’re standing up for kids, when they’re just distracting them.”

At one point, a college student approached Bauman and said, “I’ve had enough for four days” before trying to grab his cell phone while he was recording, police said.

According to police reports, Bauman pushed the student by the shoulder and then “grabbed her hand and twisted her arm in an aggressive manner.”

The police arrived and arrested Bauman.

More than half of Florida students are enrolled in public schools that will introduce mask mandates this coming school year — ignoring Gov. Ron DeSantis’s order to make face coverings illegal.

Before the incident, Bauman told CBS Miami reporters, “First of all, it’s illegal for them to oblige. It’s against the law, it’s against the Parents Bill of Rights. Our belief is that it will not stop the spread of the virus. It doesn’t control it, it does more harm than good.’

Bauman's daughter, Isobel, who is in 10th grade in her first year at the school, refuses to wear a mask and is denied entry every day by faculty members

Bauman's daughter, Isobel, who is in 10th grade in her first year at the school, refuses to wear a mask and is denied entry every day by faculty members

Bauman’s daughter, Isobel, who is in 10th grade in her first year at the school, refuses to wear a mask and is denied entry every day by faculty members

Indian River and Sarasota counties joined Miami-Dade, Broward, Hillsborough, Leon, Alachua, Palm Beach, Orange and Duval to require students to wear masks for the upcoming school year.

According to Florida Department of Education enrollment figures for 2020-21, the 10 counties together make up about 52 percent of the total school population. Last year, 2,791,687 students were enrolled, and those counties’ combined enrollment is more than 1.45 million, according to The Associated Press.

The school’s interim principal in Fort Lauderdale, Sean Curran, said the school’s hands are tied and the administration is following the guidelines of the Broward County school district.

More than half of Florida students are enrolled in public schools that will introduce mask mandates next school year, despite attempts by Governor Ron DeSantis to make them illegal

More than half of Florida students are enrolled in public schools that will introduce mask mandates next school year, despite attempts by Governor Ron DeSantis to make them illegal

More than half of Florida students are enrolled in public schools that will introduce mask mandates next school year, despite attempts by Governor Ron DeSantis to make them illegal

As Florida cases continue to rise, the state reported a seven-day moving average of 21,706 new cases per day on Saturday.

As Florida cases continue to rise, the state reported a seven-day moving average of 21,706 new cases per day on Saturday.

As Florida cases continue to rise, the state reported a seven-day moving average of 21,706 new cases per day on Saturday.

“Our kids are incredible,” Curran said. “Everyone wears it and supports the measures to keep everyone safe.”

The 10 Districts Policy Contradicts DeSantis’ July 30th executive order to protect the ‘freedom of parents to choose’ whether or not their children should wear masks in schools.

“I didn’t have to be like this, held by someone and like, put a mask on my face this morning, I put this mask on my face,” said Fort Lauderdale High student, Elena Morabant.

“We all chose to wear a mask today, to come to school and protect our friends,” she added.

As Florida cases continue to rise, the state last week reported a seven-day moving average of 21,706 new cases per day.

The state also recorded another 1,071 deaths, a daily average of 153, in the health department’s weekly report.

This brings the statewide total to 2,877,214 cases and 40,766 deaths.

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